Google brings new changes to web Gmail

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Google’s Gmail is the world’s biggest and most-used free email service. The web version of the email service has welcomed some amazing changes—with Google turning it into a communication hub. Video calls, chat, and Google Docs functionalities are now in one place.

What that means is that Google Wokspace is now available to everyone. The Gmail navigation has now been streamlined. Currently, what we have on the email service are Chat, Rooms, Mail, and Meet—and these are revealed when you expand the navigation drawer.

The new navigation rail is like what we have in Photos—with round buttons for Mail, Chat, Spaces, and Meet. Once you tap into a view, a new drawer appears to the right of with familiar navigation.

You can change your status in the top right corner as soon as the new interface is enabled. Once you click, you will be presented with options to switch from “automatic” to “do not disturb” and “set as away.”

About this time in 2020, the Gmail mobile app welcomed a new tab  that will allow you to host and join a meeting. Recall that a similar feature that allows you to host and join a meeting on the web version of the email service was launched a couple of weeks before the mobile version.

The Google Meet button within the Gmail mobile app allows you to host and schedule a meeting. The new Meet tab will allow you to see upcoming meetings scheduled in Google Calendar, and easily join them with a single tap.

To get started, simply tap on “New meeting” in the Meet tab, and you will get a meeting link to share, or schedule a meeting in Calendar. If you tap on “Join with a code,” you can join meetings shared with you by entering a meeting code.

If, however, you do not want Meet to appear as a tab in the Gmail app, access the Settings from the hamburger menu in the top left corner of your inbox, tap on your account, scroll down, and uncheck Meet.

Google already integrated the Meet button within Gmail web back in May 2020. The button is located on the left side of your Gmail right below the “More” menu where you can click to see more option. To draw your attention to the new addition, you will see the word “New” written on a blue background in front of the “Meet” feature. You can either click to start a meeting or click to join a meeting.


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Author: Ola Ric

Ola Ric is a professional tech writer. He has written and provided tons of published articles for professionals and private individuals. He is also a social commentator and analyst, with relevant experience in the use of social media services.

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